Beach water quality monitoring begins in June and continues to the Labour Day weekend. The Health Unit regularly samples designated public beaches for bacteria. However, due to the delay in receiving lab results, beach goers cannot rely on only lab results to know if it is safe to swim. Learn how to make an informed decision about beach water quality before swimming.
A swimming advisory is a warning to swimmers but it is not a beach closure. During a swimming advisory, a beach is posted with warning signs when the water contains levels of bacteria that indicate there may be an increased risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections and stomach disorders. If you choose to swim during a swimming advisory it may be prudent to avoid ducking your head or swallowing the water.
A beach closure is issued when a catastrophic event occurs or an immediate risk to health is present. Sewage spills or toxic chemical releases are examples. Beach closures are rare.
Current Beach Status
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Municipality Beach Status Date Posted Date Lifted
Muskoka Lakes WINDERMERE BEACH Advisory 2016/08/03
Oro-Medonte BAYVIEW MEMORIAL PARK Advisory 2016/07/27
Midland PETE PETERSEN PARK BEACH Advisory 2016/07/21
Severn WASHAGO CENTENNIAL PARK BEACH Advisory 2016/07/13